Chinese Women to Gain Management and Leadership Education Through Yale–Tsinghua Partnership

The Yale School of Public Health is partnering with Tsinghua University in Beijing to provide management and leadership education for 500 underserved women in China working in the healthcare field. The partnership, beginning in 2009, is part of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative.

Together, Yale and Tsinghua will create a curriculum to build the business and management skills of mid- and senior-level managers in the health sector, particularly in the areas of quality improvement, human resources development, financial management and leadership.

The 10,000 Women initiative is a global effort to provide 10,000 underserved women, predominantly in developing and emerging markets, with business and management education. Goldman Sachs will commit $100 million over the next five years and has partnered with more than 50 universities and organizations in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and United States to seek, create and develop programs to impact the quality and capacity of business education in developing regions around the world.

“The partnership between Tsinghua and Yale will help build strong, effective leaders in the healthcare sector,” said Dina Powell, Managing Director and Global Head of Corporate Engagement at Goldman Sachs. “We are honored to have such prestigious partners join us in the 10,000 Women initiative.”

Elizabeth Bradley, director of Global Health Initiatives at Yale said, “This is a transformational time for China’s health sector with an expanding economy and commitment to high quality health services for all. But policy reforms are less effective unless there is skilled management and strong leadership in health institutions. We hope this program will be a cornerstone in effecting the changes in health quality and equity that China envisions.”

A research report prepared by Goldman Sachs, “Women Hold up Half the Sky,” found that strengthening education for women is a critical and underutilized lever for economic growth in developing and emerging economies. The report concluded that per capita income in China could increase by almost 4 percent with greater labor force participation of women. In countries like India, Egypt, Iran and Turkey, the increase in income per capita could be in excess of 10 percent.

Yale University’s relationship with China is deeper and longer than that of any other university in the United States. Yung Wing, the first person from China to earn a degree from an American college or university graduated from Yale in 1854. Currently, there are 95 faculty-led research projects and other collaborations underway at Yale that are related to or take place in China.

Yale’s participation in the 10,000 Women initiative underscores the University’s long and distinguished commitment to educating leaders and public servants for all sectors of American society, and, increasingly, around the world. For select international partners, Yale offers customized senior leadership programs in the government, business and education sectors, including highly successful programs for presidents of leading universities and for senior government officials.

For further information on the 10,000 Women initiative, please visit www.10000women.org or contact Joe Snodgrass, Goldman Sachs, 212-902-5400.

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